Soldiers Warriors and Bowlo Rats each played two cricket games last weekend. On Saturday Warriors played Super Stags while on the next field Bowlo Rats played Hibo Green.
On Sunday Bowlo Rats and Soldiers Warriors played a deferred game, which proved to be another tough encounter. The Bowlo Rats won both their games, while the Warriors suffered two losses.
In the Warriors against Workers Super Stags game on Saturday Jason Broadbent and Michael Murphy opened for Stags with a solid 77 run opening stand. Broadbent was bowled by Hammad Farooq for a well made 31. Murphy at other end kept taking the long handle to the bowling, while Dylan Maddock had a brain explosion and ran himself out hitting the ball straight to the bowler and running. At drinks Super Stags were in a strong position at two wickets down for 88. With Murphy gone, an over after drinks for 56, wickets kept falling quickly to see the Workers all out for 149. Tight fielding and a masterful display of straight, spin bowling from Swanson had the Warriors wickets falling to end up 35 run's short of Stags 149 run total. Swanson ending with wickets for 33 from six overs.
Bowlo Rats won the toss on Sunday and batted first. On the Sibin Paul had Rob Channing walking, getting an edge what was neatly caught by Abdul Raheem at gully.
Andrew Munroe and Tommy O'Brien settled in for a 91 run partnership to see the score to 2 for 91 in the 18th over O'Brien was caught by Hammad off Arun Yadav’s bowling. Munroe was soon to follow caught behind by Jestin Jacob off Yadav, putting the Rats in a strong position, three wickets down for 104 at 20 overs. In the second half Warriors managed to contain Rats to 199 runs. Isaac Walker scored 44 and Maclay Robinson 27.pick off the bowlers was Arun Yadav 2 for 26 off 7.
Warriors started well with Raheem defensive at one end and Sreejesh Sreedharan looking to score freely, but some good field settings and tight bowling slowed their scoring rate. Wickets were falling too. Hammad and Akhil Nair put on a 70 run partnership, before confusion between wickets saw Akhil Nair run out by Andrew Munroe for 29. Hammad also out for 42 soon after. Warriors on seven wickets down for 162 Warriors needing 38 runs in five overs. Glen Duggan and Andrew Hopkins were keen to steal the win at the crease with Hopkins rotating the strike and Glenn Duggan hitting some massive sixes until Duggan was caught with the score on 185. The game came down to last over and 14 runs needed to win. With two off the second ball and a wide and 10 to win, an off cutter took out middle stump. The Rats had kept the Warriors from winning 199 to 190.